Sim Bhullar and the Sacramento Kings have agreed to a deal that signs Sim Bhullar through training camp. Sim Bhullar is a 7’5’ 360 lbs. center that played college basketball at New Mexico State University.
The Kings have been very adamant about finding gaps in the market for obtaining talent, so the extreme size of Bhullar in comparison to most players in his position most likely is the reason for this transaction. Bhullar was fifth in collegiate basketball in blocked shots last year at 3.37 per game
While born in Canada, Bhullar is the first player of Indian decent to play in the NBA as both his mother and father migrated from Punjab, India to Ontario, Canada. Sim also has a younger brother, Tanveer, which may be an NBA prospect as well.
India is the second most populated country in the world with about 1,248,000,000 million people. Basketball as a sport has not become popular in Indian culture, so this most likely an attempt for the NBA to make its presence felt as it did in China. Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé is from Mumbai, India, so it make sense the Kings would be the first team to hire and Indian basketball player.
Sim Bhullar is unlikely to make the roster due to a lack of conditioning and mobility, but the Kings lose very little by giving him a camp deal. Also the Kings do have an opportunity to sign him their NBDL affiliate after the conclusion of training camp.